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Mithun, Marianne

Title The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge Language Surveys.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Date 1999
Book ID 37276
First Edition  

Description

Hardback 8vo., in original cloth and dust-wrapper. xxi+773 pp., 12 maps, transcription key. In good condition with light signs of wear, dust-wrapper a little softened at spine, mild thumbing to fore-edges. A good, clean, tight copy. Survey of the languages indigenous to North America demonstrating the genetic and typological diversity. Part I provides an overview of structural features. Including syllable structure, vowel and consonant harmony, tone, and sound symbolism; polysynthesis, the nature of roots and affixes, incorporation, and morpheme order; case; grammatical distinctions of number, gender, shape, control, location, means, manner, time, empathy, and evidence; and distinctions between nouns and verbs, predicates and arguments, and simple and complex sentences; and special speech styles. Part II catalogues the languages by family, their location, genetic affiliation, number of speakers, major published literature, and structural highlights. With catalogue of languages evolved in contact situations.
Price: £40.00

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